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Puempel three points, Palazzese 21 saves as the Rangers blank the Sting

Friday, 11.23.2012 / 11:24 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Puempel three points, Palazzese 21 saves as the Rangers blank the Sting

KITCHENER, Ont. - Matt Puempel had three points and Franky Palazzese turned aside all of the 21 shots he faced for his first career Ontario Hockey League shutout as the Kitchener Rangers blanked the visiting Sarnia Sting 5-0 on Friday in OHL action.

Puempel had a goal and two assists to lead the Rangers (15-7-2), who have won 10 of 11 home games this season, while Eric Ming chipped in a goal and an assist.

Evan McEneny, Darby Llewellyn and Tobias Rieder also scored to round out Kitchener's offence.

Brodie Barrick stopped 27 shots in a losing effort for the Sting (12-11-2), who have dropped five games in a row.

Kitchener was 1-for-3 on the power play, while Sarnia couldn't score on five opportunities with the man advantage.

Ming opened the scoring for the Rangers at 9:05 of the first period when he was left alone in the slot.

McEneny added to the lead with less than three minutes left in the period, blasting a shot between Barrick’s pads one second after the end of a Kitchener power play.

Llewellyn tacked on another goal at 7:28 of the second with a backhand shot from the side of the net that seemed to fool Barrick and slipped through his pads.

Puempel picked up his 18th goal of the year in the third period and Rieder finished the scoring with a power-play goal.

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